Ever wonder about snacking during the 21-Day Clean Program? If you have done it before, you know we recommend making your shakes and meal very filling, so you are not as inclined to want a snack. A lot of our food habits are just that ... habits! However, sometimes we find we worked out a little more or are just having a "hungry" day. That's where this nut bar recipe comes in. These chewy raw bars are very similar to branded fruit and nut snack bars but they are simple and cost effective to make!
When we make snacks that we might normally buy at the store, we can control the quality of our ingredients and how much we put in. We also know that it hasn’t been on the sitting on a shelf, it's fresh! The cost of ingredients is a little investment initially, but definitely worthwhile.
These are great to have in the morning for breakfast (when not cleansing), or take them to work or school as a snack for that mid-day crash, or even post-workout. We like to eat these immediately after a high-intensity workout because we tend to crave carbs and protein, and these are the perfect fix! A good balance of protein, healthy fats, and good carbs helps keep sugar levels balanced and intense cravings at bay.
NUTS AND FRUIT FOR THE WIN
As we know, nuts are extremely good for us, even helping protect us from heart disease and diabetes. Cashews are extremely rich in magnesium, an essential mineral that tends to be overlooked. Magnesium helps your nervous system and immune system function properly. It also has been shown to reduce migraines, lower blood pressure, help prevent heart attacks, and promote normal sleep patterns. Dates do contain sugar, but they also contain plenty of fiber to help our body process those sugars more efficiently. Also, mulberries are low glycemic and help balance out the sugar content in the dates.
This nut bar recipe is also extremely adaptable; you can add carob chips, some approved dark chocolate pieces, spices, other nuts or dried fruit into the mix. Get creative! You can make a different flavor every week.
Makes 8 bars
1 ¼ Cup Medjool dates
1 Cup cashews
1 Cup dried mulberries
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt
Cut and place parchment paper to fit in an 8 x 8 pan and measure out your ingredients.
Combine all the ingredients together in a food processor until the mixture becomes gooey.
Press the mixture down into the pan with a spoon to evenly distribute the batter and make the batter stick together. Place in the bars in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, and then cut in half lengthwise and vertically about 2 inches apart.
Wrap your bars individually in parchment paper to keep in the refrigerator.
Recipe and photos by Dorit Jaffe